Category Archives: On the Course

As June comes to an end…

Good morning membership,

As we enter the last day of June, hot (DRY!!!) weather is in the forecast. We are entering July with 5 straight days at 90 degrees plus and no rain. We are ending June with a total of 7.85″. The greens will start to dry down and become firm, however with this hot, humid weather it may take several days. Humid days will lead to them holding moisture. This weekend is a great example of why my staff and I are topdressing and incorporating as much sand into them as possible moving forward. The large putting green and number 1 green are sand based. Please take an extra look and notice how firm, dry, and true they are compared to our other greens that are more silt/clay based. These greens hold more water, act spongy, and are less true. Over time, my staff and I will be working hard to  incorporate as much sand into the greens as possible. The greens will eventually all play similar to the putting green and number 1. Monday, July 2nd my staff and I will be slicing the greens, as we have several times this year to relieve canopy moisture, and then topdressing. This should help the drying out process and get to the firm, fast greens everyone has been waiting all year to play. As the weather turns a corner, I hope everyone gets out and enjoys multiple rounds and has a wonderful 4th of July Holiday. Thank you and take care,

Turf Management team and Justin

Rain continues…

Membership,

The trend of heavy amounts of rainfall has continued. This past week we received another 2.8″ of rain. I am pleased with the overall health of the turfgrass across the course given the trying conditions, however playabilty has not been great. I have taken several measures, such as slicing the greens on a regular bases to incorporate oxygen and drying of the surface, backed off mowing and rolling, and continued to spray preventative fungicides to promote healthy turf and water penatrants to push water through the soil . I do not want to push the greens given the amount of moisture, lack of oxygen, and shortened root zone during these times. This will hopefully allow them to come out of this weather pattern stronger and healthier for when we do finally get the conditions we are all hoping to get soon. The 10 day forecast looks great if we can avoid a couple days of afternoon storms next week. My staff and I are continuing to work hard and provide the best playing conditions with turf health as our number one goal. Dry, firm, and fast is around the corner….I can feel it!

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during this incredibly wet spring and I hope everyone is enjoying the course so far this year.

 

Sincerely,

Justin Klaus

Course Update 5-20-18

Afternoon storms with substantial amounts of rainfall has been the trend over the past week. We received 1.15″ of rain Saturday afternoon and evening, bringing the total to 4.3″ over the past 7 days. Greens are beyond their water infiltration rate and are holding excessive amounts of water. Due to the soft, wet conditions, greens will be backed off of for a couple days until they dry out. I do not want to put unnecessary stress upon them when it is only May.  Other areas of the course may have to let dry before mowing as well to prevent ruts and scalping . Please continue using cart paths and extreme caution in your travels to prevent rutting up the course any further. Keep your fingers crossed and pray for drier weather ahead.

Thank you and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Justin Klaus

5-5-18

Good Morning Members,

Due to winter running later than usual this year, my staff and I will be utilizing the weekend to catch up on mulching the property. Greens will be mowed and rolled, however cups will not be changed this weekend. Thank you for your understanding as we work on getting caught up.

Justin Klaus

5-1-18 Frost Delay

We have another frost delay this morning. Hopefully with temperatures warming up quickly it won’t last long. Please hold play until 9:30 am. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Justin Klaus

On the Course ~ April 2018

Its hard to believe we still had snow on the ground just one week ago today. Winter has lingered on longer than anyone has wanted to see. I am pleased that even with the snow, rain, and cold weather my staff and I have been working relentlessly to provide the best conditions for opening day on Saturday, April 28th. Greens were deep tined along with topdressed Monday and Tuesday. Conditions will play a little softer than the norm for a few days. I am pleased to say all the grass has been cut, cleanup of winter debris is almost complete, and mulching of the landscape beds will begin as soon as possible. My staff and I thank you for your understanding as we continue to work hard to provide great playing conditions and beautiful aesthetics as Spring temperatures slowly approach.

Sincerely,

Justin Klaus

Greens Update

Green aerification began yesterday morning under cloudy skies that quickly produced rain.  Seven greens all on the front 9 currently have holes in them without top dressing applied.  The decision to wait for drier weather will allow us to keep the back side open(without holes) for play the next few days.  The plan is to get the back side done on Thursday or Friday depending on the weather.  We will keep you informed as to our progress via email.

This Week on the Course

A mild winter and an early spring has gotten us off to one of our fastest starts ever. We’ve already mowed once and in some instances twice.  It’s also allowed us to realign some tees that we’ll continue to recontour through mowing.

The full crew returned yesterday and we dove right into edging and evening out the traps in preparation for new sand. Seventy ton white sand is coming in over the next three days and as long as the weather allows, we’ll be filling in traps all across the course. In a few weeks the sand will settle and compact.

Next week we plan on dethatching the greens. The process involves cutting two directions, which removes accumulated thatch that helps the grass grow stronger and be less susceptible to disease. Water, air and other nutrients can then reach the root system better.

Over the winter we removed 28 trees, most of which were ash trees damaged or dying from the ash borer. A number of the trees were removed from the woods next to the clubhouse.

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